Now that we are on kid #3 a lot of the rules have changed.
I am not near as anal about the "rules" and guidelines to raising my kids.
You can tell that by the fact I have still yet to even take Jude to his 9 month appt (he is over a year old now) but he is happy and healthy, thriving like crazy so I just need to call and make the stinking appointment.
Anyways with Vincent (our first) he stopped breastfeeding when I got pregnant with Luke (our second) when he was about 9-10 months old. I was terrified to start him on cows milk so I went with the toddler formula, thinking that if I started him too soon on milk it would be bad? The guidelines the pediatrician gave us were the LAW back then. (I have soon learned otherwise)
Luke weaned from breastfeeding around 9-10 months as well and I just started him straight on cows milk with no problems. So I thought "what the heck??" why do they pound it into your head that they have to wait until 12 months? Then at Luke's 1 year appointment I asked the pediatrician about how many ounces Luke should be having and he said no more than 3 glasses a day. He said TOO MUCH milk will harm children. It will make them anemic? What the heck? I thought milk does a body good??
So what is a mom to think? Is milk even the best choice for kids? And beyond that, do they even need milk? Why the heck is this so confusing?
We have dug into organics and more natural foods for about the past 2 years and have found so much information out there. We knew organic was the best choice to stay away from chemicals and antibitoics in the cows. It's just like our milk. We are supposed to sustain from breastfeeding if we are on antibitiocs, so why is it okay for us to drink cow's milk when they are on antibitocs? To me, it's not. Which is why I opt for organic. Now take that one step further and I even push for grassfed milk. Same stance as grassfed meat. Cows are not meant to eat grain which is what most milk producing cows eat. So the milk is coming from sick cows, hence why they have to have antiboiotics so it's best to find grassfed milk (or pasture raised milk).
Trust me when I say this, 3 years ago if I read this blog post I would have possibly been annoyed. I never in a million years thought I would be the organic mom but after learning all the facts there is no other ways that I want to raise my kids.
Now back to why we skipped milk. Jude started weaning himself also around 9 months, I swear that is the lucky number in these boys. Well we decided since we ate such a well rounded diet that we would just skip milk. And we did just that. I would say he has had cows milk a handful of times and truthfully he does not even like it. So he just drinks water. For dinner he eats everything from veggies, to meat, to fruit. We eat grassfed meat which has high levels of naturally occurring Omega-3's. The kid loves food and is thriving beyond belief. He is chubby as can be and I know there is no problems.
One last thing on the milk movement that padded our decision is that cows milk is meant for cows. We obviously make human milk for our children so isn't it a little weird that we drink the milk of another mammal? I mean look at how BIG cows are, their mothers milk is packed full of nutrients for them to grow to full size, which their full size is a hell of a lot bigger than a human. Whatever the reasons are that is why we chose to skip the milk this time around.